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Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular Genetics and Genomics of Fishes and Marine Invertebrates

Institution
University of Washington
Location
Seattle, WA
Closing Date
16 October 2018

The Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean at the University of Washington invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral Research Associate position working on marine invertebrate and fish environmental DNA genetics/genomics/bioinformatics in the new G3 (Genetics and Genomics Group) at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL). The G3 lab uses multi-locus metabarcoding to study oceanic biological community responses to physical and chemical oceanographic parameters. Component species and population genetic relationships for invertebrates and fishes are identified and assessed using environmental DNA (eDNA), plankton, and samples collected with plankton tows, CTD casts, ROVs, and sediment cores. Study regions include the west coast of North America, Salish Sea, Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and U.S. Arctic, as well as deep sea vents and seeps across the Pacific. Physical, chemical and biological oceanographic parameters are considered to predict the effects on marine ecosystems of environmental change including acidification, warming, hypoxia, and deep sea mining. The Research Associate will work under the guidance of Dr. Carol Stepien of NOAA/PMEL and Dr. Kim Andrews of UW/JISAO and will be involved in designing the specific course(s) of study.

This position features laboratory research and execution of the following duties:

  • Conduct bioinformatics and next-generation sequencing DNA assays and analyses
  • Use of a wide application of complex principles and methods in the fields of genetics and genomics
  • Collection, statistical analysis and archival of data
  • Preparation of peer-reviewed scientific publications
  • Presentation of papers at scientific conferences; participation in external seminars, workshops, and professional societies
  • Maintenance of project website
  • Assistance with the preparation and management of regulatory documents
  • Assistance with the development of grant proposals
  • Assistance with the training of graduate and undergraduate student researchers in lab work
  • Participation in G3 group activities, including laboratory and other meetings

The successful candidate must possess knowledge of genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics, and be able to advance the state-of-the-art research in these areas. This individual will also have demonstrated excellent verbal and written skills, and the ability to work both independently, and in collaboration with other scientists. 

This position is located at NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) at Sand Point in Seattle. This is a twelve-month position, with the possibility of a second year based on availability of funds and satisfactory performance.  A late 2018/ early 2019 start date is anticipated.

Qualifications

The successful candidate must possess knowledge of genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics, and be able to advance the state-of-the-art research in these areas. This individual will also have demonstrated excellent verbal and written skills, and the ability to work both independently, and in collaboration with other scientists.

Requirements:

  • PhD in Biology or Ecology or related field with specialization in Molecular Genetics.  Degree must be conferred by the appointment start date.
  • Must be within 5 years after receipt of terminal degree.
  • Two or more years’ experience in DNA extraction, PCR, DNA sequencing, phylogenetic analysis, population genetics, environmental DNA, bioinformatics

To Apply

Apply online at apply.interfolio.com/53135. This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint (www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint/). Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (https://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/FCG/FCCH24.html#2432).

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